Forest school runs all year round, whatever the weather so ensuring you have the right kit is essential for you little ones.
We understand that what to wear can often depend on the forest school you are attending however our recommended list is based off of our experience & specialist expertise with outdoor clothing.
To make the list easier to understand we have split our recommended clothing into the seasons Summer, Winter & Spring/Autumn. We have combined the seasons Spring & Autumn as from experience we have found the weather is often similar, so the kit list is the same for both.
· Comfortable trousers - this could be jogging bottoms or leggings.
· A T-shirt - this could be short sleeved however long sleeve is often better for protection against sunburn, scratches & bug bites.
· A Jumper - this is good to have just in case, preferably a light weight one that zips up (this makes it easier to get on an off)
· Wellies or Sturdy Shoes - Something you do not mind getting muddy, so definitely not sandals or flip flops.
· Unlined Waterproofs - For the wet summer days, having an unlined rain set will come in handy.
· A Sun Hat - Make sure to get one that will stay on well.
· SPARES - Always pack a spare set of clothing in the summer, especially socks & trousers (we would recommend extra underwear if your little one is toilet training too!)
SPRING / AUTUMN CLOTHIING
· Waterproof Rain Set - this could be a puddle suit or separates. it is a good combination to have a light 100% waterproof jacket with unlined waterproof dungarees/trousers.
· Comfortable trousers - this could be jogging bottoms or leggings and avoid denim.
· A T-shirt - long sleeve is best for Spring & Autumn.
· A Jumper - This can vary, on colder days opt for a warm fleecy jumper, and warmer days pack a light fleece.
· Light Warm Jacket - A fleece zip up jacket is much easier for changing into. This is for the backpack just in case it is a colder day.
· Two Pairs of Socks - wear a thin cotton sock on the bottom with thick wool or bed socks on top. The top layer can depend on the weather.
· Wellies or Sturdy Shoes - Something you do not mind getting muddy.
· SPARES - Always pack a spare set of clothing, especially socks & trousers (pack extra if your little one is toilet training too!)
· Base Layers - Thermal vest, thermal long-sleeve top & thermal leggings.
· Warm Trousers - Fleece or warm tracksuit bottoms
· Long Sleeve Top.
· A Warm Jumper - A fleece or wool jumper
· Warm Jacket - A fleece zip up jacket is much easier for changing into. This is for the backpack just in case it is a colder day.
· Hat, Scarf & Warm Gloves.
· Two Pairs of Socks - wear a thin cotton sock on the bottom with thick wool or thermal socks on top.
· Wellies or Boots - Something that has a thermal liner will help keep your little ones warm.
· Winter Waterproofs – A fleece lined puddle suit or fleece lined two-piece rain set to wear over the layers listed above. We would also recommend waterproof mittens!
· SPARES - Always pack a spare set of clothing, extra jumpers, socks & trousers (pack extra if your little one is toilet training too!)
Our Top-Rated Waterproof Clothing Recommendations for Forest School
· BUBBLE BOOTS - Light Weight Wellington Boots with a Removable Thermal Liner. They fit for two sizes, specifically designed for children’s growing feet & are extremely durable.
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· WATERPROOF MITTENS - 100% Waterproof with welded seams, they have a light fleece lined layer to keep little hands warm.
Made by Wet Wednesdays, Was £18 NOW £9.99
· RAIN SET – Award winning waterproof jacket & dungarees/trousers combination, 100% waterproof & is available in fleece lined or unlined.
Made by Wet Wednesdays, FROM £37.98
· PUDDLE SUIT - Award winning waterproof All in one, 100% waterproof, with welded seams & is available in fleece lined or unlined.
Made by Wet Wednesdays, FROM £28.99
Remember to check the weather conditions before you leave your home, this will make packing much easier.
In the Spring/Autumn & Winter, a chilly wind will make it feel much colder than the weather forecast states, so remember it is always best to pack more layers. That way they can take off what they do not need.
For tips on how to stay sun safe we recommend reading ‘How to Protect Your Children During a Heatwave’
If you need any of the waterproof dungarees or super light wellies for Forest School, check out our Sale to make sure you are fully prepared!
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